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Hi I'm Esa-Matti

I'm just a regular guy who loves his family and his country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having both a Finnish mother and an American father, I feel that I have been blessed greatly by both heritages. I was privileged to serve as a Missionary among the Finnish people, and I cherish the many memories that I gained while serving there. I married a hard working and faithful woman, who is the mother of our six wonderful children. I really cannot express how my life has been enriched by my marriage and my family. Because of them, I strive every day to be a better father and husband. I love technology, and I play around in my computer lab at home when I have spare time. I also love to help others with computer problems. One of the things I most enjoy in life is cooking good tasting food (as you can tell from my profile picture, I to enjoy eating food too). I am especially skillful with the smoker. I really love being an American, and I love freedom. I am so thankful to all the men and women of our armed forces from the beginning who have sacrificed so much to secure and maintain our freedom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I can't say that I never made any mistakes - I have indeed - but, I can honestly say that from a young age I have felt that my religion was true. I cannot remember a time that I did not believe it. I attribute that to the tender nurturing of my mother and the wise teachings of my father. Like everyone, I had to learn for myself for sure the thing that I have always believed. It happened just before I went to Finland as a missionary. I was pondering the scriptures one night, and it occurred to me that I had simply accepted what I had been taught at face value, and that I had never inquired of God for myself. So, that night I decided to do just that. I decided to find out from God if the Book of Mormon was true or not. So, I read from the book that night, and then I knelt in prayer. I prayed to God, asking him sincerely to reveal to me the truth of the Book of Mormon. Afterwards, I laid in my bed waiting for an answer. Eventually I fell asleep, without receiving any answer. The next morning, I rolled out of bed and prayed. Then I began reading my Book of Mormon again. I was immediately filled a sensation in my heart that I could only describe as a burning, and my mind was enlightened. I distinctly remember the words in my mind, "of course it is true". The experience was more profound than I am capable of writing, but I knew that day that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. Because of that, I also knew that Joseph Smith had been a prophet of God, because he was who had translated the book. Over the years since, I have had many experiences where my understanding and faith has been strengthened in a similar fashion, and I can say without any doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The greatest miracle in my life, has been the miracle of forgiveness. Through my faith in Christ, I have received a remission of my sins, and because of that I also know that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ.

How I live my faith

The most important thing I do to live my faith, concerns my work as a father and a husband. I strive to fulfill this duty honorably, because I love my family so much. I want my children to learn about Jesus Christ, and to know that they can turn to Him when faced with the hard challenges of life. One of the greatest rewards of parenthood is seeing your own child express their heartfelt faith in Christ. Since we have a lay ministry, I have had the privileged of serving in many different capacities in the Church thus far. I have been a full-time missionary for the Church and I have been a teacher in the children's program (Primary) among other callings. Church service can been quite challenging, and demanding on our talents and time, but it is such rewarding work. We grow so much in the service of others. My family is far from perfect, and I think I am even farther from being perfect. But, we are working on becoming more Christlike every day. One of the wonderful principles of my religion has to do with the eternal nature of marriage and family. Because we believe that our family can be together for time and all eternity, we are greatly motivated to work things out rather than not. The idea of continuing as a family unit after this life is over brings me such hope and joy. I am so grateful to God, for sending his Son, that this wonderful doctrine is made possible. I hope you enjoyed my profile. Thanks!

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that the spirits of mankind are the literal offspring of God, and that he is our Father. We believe that God has a body of flesh and bone, and that our bodies were created in his image. We believe that through the merits of Christ, God has made it possible for us to overcome the effects of sin and death, and to return back into his presence, and that like Christ, we will receive immortal resurrected bodies like our Father has. We believe that God is perfect in every way, and that he loves us. All that he does is for the benefit of his children, whom he wants to exalt with himself. Show more Show less